Yes, the proverbial Fat Lady has just sang, and it’s not last orders! The regulars have only been and gone and done it….saved the Star from being flattend or converted or whatever unknown fate awaited it! Regulars got together and bid at for their beloved local when it came up at auction. They put their money where their mouths were and are now the very proud owners of this 1860s built pub!
At a meeting last night at The Friendship Inn, Prestwich, the new owners and supporters were out in force to celebrate and ruminate about their plans for the future regarding their pub. Yes their pub! They have loads of ideas already about how to make the pub viable. There’s building work to be done and a manager to be got, but these are mere details: the mood is positive. The hard work shall begin as soon as possible, and they hope to be open for business in time for Christmas.
It was strange to see these jubilent regulars out of their environment and in The Friendship and the atmosphere was so uplifting! It’s people who make a pub, not the building, as was evidenced last night, I saw loads of people I hadn’t seen in years – a great night was had by one and all. There’s a meeting next Tuesday, same place same time and I’m really looking forward to it. Surely, with pubs closing at the rate of between 27 and 52 per week, this must give hope for those who are likely to lose their locals?
Read my first post about the Star Inn HERE
The latest developments so far HERE
UPDATE: The Star Inn now has it’s own website http://www.staronthecliff.co.uk/index.html
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